Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Whew, that was close!

I told Paul last night that I was going today to apply for the job at Matt's school the principal told me was still open. It was for "lunch room assistant". This morning Paul asked me why I was applying for the job. I could have answered his questions in many ways, all snotty, of course. I could have said truthfully, "Ummm, you're the one who sent the job announcement email to me.". I could have said, "Because you complain about money all the time.". I could have said oh so many things. What I said was, "Ever since I was a little girl I've dreamed of wearing a hair net to work, to have huge, fat arms, wear a white uniform, and cook things that come in gigantic jars and cans.". Now I think I can get away with this mean sarcasm because I went to beauty school and was a hairdresser. Talk about stereo-type jokes. I was also a waitress for too many years. I've cleaned houses, hell, I've cleaned HIS pee off the toilet. Sorry I don't have a PhD. So I spent the greater part of the day finding the office, filling out 10 pages of application forms, and taking one of three of the reference forms to be completed by a "co-worker". When I got home there was a message on the answering machine from the principal saying the job had been filled. Disappointment and relief. Three hours a day, Matt's school, school at all (same schedule as the kid), $10 an hour... I was IN THE MONEY plus still some alone time. But, for an artist, that bad, bad four letter word, W...O...R...K, makes any self-respecting artiste run for the nearest bottle of Xanax. Because WORK is SUPPOSED to mean PAYCHECK. Huh! I'm a stay-at-home mom, take care of a too-big-for-me house, supposed to be a cook, am an artist, and have a shop. And still no money! Who do I need to meet with about this?

6 comments:

Dana said...

HAHAHA! I think we are separated at birth ;) I did work as a lunch lady for 2 years.. and I went to beauty school and worked as a hairdresser. I'm not a stay home mom /artist ;)
I can tell you that lunch lady is NOT a fun job, so be glad you don't have to wear that hair net LOL!!




Dana
d07@goldingers.com

Dana said...

oops, that should be I'm NOW a stay at home mom/artist. My fingers are still asleep;)


Dana

shelleyroneill said...

I'm with you, girl! If Paul had to pay you for what you do, he couldn't afford you. (That's what I tell John too).
People say "do what you love and the money will follow". My question is WHEN?????
Hang in there - your time is coming!

shelleyroneill said...

Where are you getting these great photos??? Love them!

Julia said...

The most tormented woman on earth is the sahm that is artistic and intelligent and happens to have excellent taste in clothes and home decor. Funny how all those things turned those men on before they married us. Paul and Chuck may have been separated at birth. Don't give up the fight.....

However, a school job is kind of fun...summers and Christmas off! And other people's children go home at 3:00.

Doojie said...

Getty Images, Shelley, you can save any of the copyright-free images. Nene turned me on to their site. Lemme know if you need more info.